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Old 10-21-13, 07:07 AM
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Protecting / Maintaining your Steel Frame

So I have a matt painted steel frame and I do messaging throughout new york city.
I've noticed that the steel frame has been scuffed up from locking up so often and rubbing against other bikes, poles etc...

How can I prevent the erosion of my paint, lock it better to protect the frame, and retouch the areas that are exposed.

Thanks!
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Old 10-21-13, 08:30 AM
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The usual recommendations for touch-up paint - unless the manufacturer can provide - is nail varnish - probably not so good for a matte bike - (scale) model builder's enamel - will have matte - or car touch-up paint - probably not available as matte either.
For protection for glossy paints you can get wear-resistant transparent tape patches to stick on. These are usually meant to go on where there is cable rub, so may be too small for your liking.

For retouch, my money is on model builder's enamel. For protection, wrapping exposed parts in an old inner tube is a time-tested trick.
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Old 10-21-13, 08:42 AM
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For protection look for outdoor/UV resistant polyurethane tape also know as helicopter tape. If your steel frame has standard non-oversized tubes the 2'' width will cover a little over 1/2 the diameter of the main tubes. To apply, spray some water mixed with a tiny bit of dishsoap on the tube which allows you to move the tape around to position it properly and remove the bubbles. Let dry for around 12 hours and you're done.
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The ugly looking but cheap solution is to wrap tape around the tubes of your frame; I've seen it done with both electrical and cotton tape. Very popular with those who want their bike to look grungy and anonymous.
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all good tips i'll give some a try and see what works.
for the ugly and cheap solution of wrapping tape around it (either electrical or helicopter), if ever I want to take the tape off, will there be a bunch of gunk and residue left on the frame?
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Don't forget to treat the insides of your frame with a rust inhibitor like JP Wiggle Frame Saver. Andy.
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